Overall Grade: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️++
An Open Letter to Meghan Quinn (maybe you’ll read it; maybe you won’t)
Dear Meghan Quinn, funny woman extraordinaire,
You don’t know this, but I really needed your newest book, Boss Man Bridegroom, desperately. You see, I’m a blogger reviewer, and I’ve been reading a lot lately. A whole lot. I teach college students about college writing, and I’ve been on a break between semesters, so I had lots of great ARCs to read. However, I signed up for some emotional heavy hitters. I’m pretty sure I’ve been in an emotional tornado of feelings reading these beautifully-written books that have left me crying my eyes out. So…I needed a respite. And your book did that. Wonderfully.
You don’t know me. I’ve read two other books of yours: The Locker Room and Love, Sincerely, Yours, along with your short story in Team Player 2. I’ve got The Dugout sitting in my Kindle Library awaiting me when I finish my ARC reading because there is something funny and interesting about your storytelling. You engage me with your characters and dialogue in a way that keeps me reading until the very end. When I saw the blurb for Boss Man Bridegroom, you had me at “marriage of convenience.” Then, I entered the book and fell hard, so hard for these characters.
I didn’t have the advantage of reading Diary of a Bad Boy or The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister prior to reading BMBG so I didn’t have the backstory of the hero, Rath’s, friends, Roark and Bram, but I didn’t need their stories to recognize that these heroes, Rath included, are absurdly hilarious. Bram and Rath’s relationship is almost better than Rath and Charlee’s. When the “Three Musketeers” ciome together in this story for their mutual milk-drinking game nights et al., the laughs are guaranteed. I couldn’t get enough of their brand of ridiculousness. As a hero, Rath is equal parts neurotic, absurd, sweet, and grumpy. I love that, as a reader, you never know the Rath you’ll read on the page. It keeps the reader guessing, and, of course, it sets up some key tension when necessary because rom-coms can’t always be funny. They need some climactic moment that potentially destroys the burgeoning love between the hero and heroine. Of course, Rath does a stellar job of inciting this moment with his brand of ignorance.
Thankfully, you’ve written one of the best heroines I’ve read this month. Charlee “Bag of D*cks” Cox is her own brand of special. What an intuitive, insightful, strong woman! She’s my favorite kind of rom-com queen because she knows how to handle the hero into his evolution. From the beginning, I found myself laughing aloud at her manipulation of Rath. Literally, I could have done a spit-take while reading this book if I had been drinking. Charlee is the heart of this book whereas Rath is its mind. Together, Charlee and Rath make reading Boss Man Bridegroom a fun experience. Add in the ancillary characters: Charlee’s grandmother, Bram’s assistant, Linus, Bram, and Roark, along with an Office Supply convention, and you have a story that alleviates any stress of your readers for a time.
So thank you, Meghan Quinn, for saving me from the heavy thinking, emotionally-wrought books that have sought to break my soul. Thank you for the levity that Boss Man Bridegroom brings to a Kindle. Thank you for creating a story that is uproariously funny and a little bit angsty. But, mostly, thank you for writing books that keep readers like me coming back for more. Even though you’re fairly new to me, you can guarantee that your booklist is next on my list to devour whole because your brand of funny is all I need to add a little bit of joy to my day.
In love and romance,